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heli_expo_picturesHAI Heli-Expo is the world’s largest trade show dedicated to the international helicopter community.  The massive 2016 event took place earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky. RF System Lab was proud to attend for the 6th time this year and be one of over 700 exhibitors to engage with approximately 20,000 helicopter professionals.  This year’s event included 57+ helicopters on display, over 100 education courses, safety sessions, workshops, and forums.

Casey O’Tool and Jess Kuznicki, RF System Lab’s borescope experts, were on-site to provide information and showcase to attendees, who also got a chance to experience hands-on demonstrations of the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope.  O’Tool and Kuznicki are confident that our VJ-Advance video borescope can make any job easier; whether you maintain Pratt and Whitney PT6 turbines, GE 90 engines, and everything in-between, or you perform airframe component, FOD, or airworthiness inspections. Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) anywhere within an aircraft maintenance facility, or on a flight line, is never a problem with the VJ-Advance video borescope because it’s battery powered, completely portable, and lightweight.

Hundreds of AMTs and aerospace technicians have chosen the VJ-Advance aviation borescope because they have found that it delivers the right mix of features, quality, and price.  The ergonomic layout and pistol-grip design, makes all of the functions easy-to-use – including joystick controlled four-way articulation, photo capture, video recording, and LED brightness.

If you were unable to attend this year’s HAI Heli expo, you can find highlights of the show, videos, pictures, and more at #HAI_EXPO16 on Twitter.  You can also test drive the VJ-Advance video borescope with a free trial. To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-rep, no-cost, no-obligation demo program so you can evaluate the VJ-Advance line of video borescopes in your facility doing your inspections before you decide to buy.

For more information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, call us at (231) 943-1171 or visit our website www.rfsystemlab.us.heli_expo_pictures_4

More than 27,000 key aviation professionals including current and prospective business aircraft owners, manufacturers, and customers gathered in Las Vegas to attend NBAA’s 2015 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.

The 2015 NBAA convention featured over 1,100 indoor exhibitors including RF System Lab’s Jess Kuznicki and Zack Wessels at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  This event also included nearly 100 business aircraft on display at Henderson Executive Airport and dozens of education sessions.

Jess and Zack had a great experience presenting the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope to new and existing customers in the rapidly growing small business jet engine industry.  Attendees were able to see the easy to use VJ-Advance video borescope in action with hands-on presentations.

There’s no other aviation show that matches this massive event.  It was the strongest edition of the annual show since 2008 with guest speakers including FAA administrator Michael Huerta, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.).  There were even some VIP guests including new business aviation advocate and country musician Dierks Bentley and “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.  The booth was extremely busy and provided a great opportunity to network with extremely qualified customers.

We will see you in Orlando, Florida at the next NBAA – Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition: November 1-3, 2016.

If you couldn’t make it to this show but are interested in viewing all of the features of the VJ-Advance video borescope for yourself, contact us about our no-cost, no-obligation, on-site demo program or call us today at 231-943-1171.

Earlier this week, the Traverse City Ticker – an essential local news source to Northern Michigan residents – had a top story worth sharing with aviation enthusiasts. Naturally, we were excited and wanted to share the details on the RF System Lab blog.

According to the Ticker, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum will host an exhibit commemorating secret naval training and testing that occurred in Northern Michigan during WWII. Lake Michigan was chosen because it was the only U.S.-landlocked body of water large enough to accommodate the ships.

From 1942 to 1945 the USS Wolverine and the USS Sable, aircraft carriers converted from passenger ships, were stationed in Lake Michigan. They were used for secret training of sailors and pilots to avoid spies from Japan that were placed in the Pacific.

The Ticker was able to speak with Amanda Wetzel, assistant lighthouse director, about her efforts to bring this exhibit to Traverse City.  As stated in the original article “Last October, Wetzel began talking to veterans who served on and locals who remember seeing the ships. Since then, she says she’s ‘uncovered a lot of the story that didn’t receive the press it deserved, that there was an aircraft carrier stationed here in Grand Traverse Bay in the 1940s.’”

In addition to the secret ships, the U.S. Navy also tested top secret equipment, which included technology similar to current day unmanned aerial vehicles; which were guided by rotary style phones as they took off from the local Cherry Capital Airport.

During WWII, Navy personnel were frequently seen in Traverse City, but training and testing were hardly ever topics overheard in everyday conversation. “The belief was loose lips sink ships,” says Wetzel. “You didn’t talk about it. They truly believed spies were everywhere.” Wetzel told the Ticker that more than 17,000 men were trained on the carriers.

Attractions at the exhibit will include documents, photos and various artifacts of the era, as well as remarks by former President George H. Bush, who trained on the Sable. There will also be a gala honoring past and present navy and coast guard personnel at the Park Place Hotel.

To view the original article about this exciting event coming to our hometown, visit the Traverse City Ticker.

Image via JasonGillman.com

The only thing better than getting to visit Florida in April is getting to visit Florida with approximately 1,000 leaders in the aviation maintenance industry. Next Monday, April 21st is the first day of the premier event for aviation maintenance professionals: the 2014 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference.

The NBAA Maintenance Management Logo

The NBAA Maintenance Management Logo

According to the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference website, ” The 2014 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference in Tampa, FL brings together high-caliber educational programming, networking to provide relationships that last throughout your career, and a dynamic exhibit hall specializing in product and service providers for business aircraft maintenance, service and support.”

Although the conference is not open to attendees until Tuesday, the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference kicks off with a Pre-conference Golf Classic Tournament on Monday, April 21st. Other events and networking opportunities at the conference include informative speaker sessions, a Wednesday night reception at Splitsville bowling alley, and an impressive exhibitor hall with around 200 aviation-related booths (a number that has drastically increased over the last few years).

RF System Lab is showcasing the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at the conference. After attending in the past, RF System Lab sales consultant Edward Thomas explained that this is a conference where VJ-ADV is a must-see. Thomas stated: “This is an excellent opportunity to speak with Directors of Maintenance to hear what issues they are currently facing, and discuss how the VJ-ADV Video Borescope may be used to help solve those problems.”

The VJ-ADV is the ideal tool for aviation maintenance professionals. The full, four-way articulation is joystick-controlled and responds perfectly to operator inputs. With the ergonomic layout and pistol-grip design, all the key functions – photo capture, video recording, LED brightness – are easily accessed with one hand, leaving your other hand free to hold the insertion tube. The high resolution, flip up monitor is bright and easy to see, and the crisp image quality delivered by the camera is second to none. Whether you are an aircraft owner, maintenance technician or flight department manager, you should stop by booth #405  to test the VJ-ADV and meet with Edward Thomas to see how this high-quality video borescope can work for you.

Edward Thomas is looking forward to networking with professionals in the industry. Visit him and demo the ground-breaking VJ-ADV at booth #405  starting at 12:00pm on Tuesday, April 22nd at the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference.

You can view the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference Website here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Tampa Convention Center during these dates and times:

Opening Time: Exhibits open 12:00pm on Tuesday, April 22nd
Conference Dates: April 22-24, 2014
Venue: Tampa Convention Center

Booth: #405

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend the conference don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, call us toll free at (231) 943-1171

MRO Americas is a show that RF System Lab has enjoyed attending for the past three years. The 2014 show, coming up April 8-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, will be the second year in a row that RF System Lab’s flagship product, the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, will have been exhibited at this mega-show.

MRO Americas 2014 provides a variety of compelling reasons to attend or exhibit at the show. The event website provides “Top 5 Reasons to Attend”. These include a keynote delivered by Peggy Gilligan of the FAA, the chance to network with over 750 Solution Providers, Additive Manufacturing – a thought-provoking session described as “helping to create stronger, lighter, cheaper and more environmentally responsible aerospace parts,” and the opportunity to grow professionally with industry specific tracks. Also, make sure not to miss a panel of top airline experts who will discuss what they desire from fixed wing service and equipment providers.

MRO Americas 2013 Casey O'Tool

Casey O’Tool using the VJ-Advance to inspect a CFM 56 High Bypass Turbofan Aviation Turbine, commonly found on Boeing 737 airplane at last year’s MRO Americas show.

Sales Consultant, Casey O’Tool, will be representing RF System Lab at MRO Americas for the second year. When asked about attending this year’s show, O’Tool commented: “I was given the opportunity to attend the show two years ago, which is when I knew that this was a show where RF System Lab should exhibit. After getting a chance to do so last year, I can confidently say that I cannot wait to be back as RF System Lab’s on-site representative and VJ-Advance video borescope expert at this year’s show. It’s an impressive event that gives us the opportunity to network and provide demonstrations for a large audience who have much interest in our product.”

MRO Americas, a show that focuses on the aviation maintenance industry, is a perfect fit for the VJ-Advance video borescope. With four-way articulation and an easy to use joystick control, the VJ-Advance video borescope allows fixed wing mechanics and inspectors to have an incredibly easy task when performing remote visual inspections of aircraft engines. The clarity and size of the LCD display provide a sharp, clear picture throughout the entire inspection process. The ability to do still image captures and videos makes further examination, documentation, and assessments stress-free.

Remote visual inspection (RVI) anywhere within an aircraft maintenance facility, or on a flight line, is not a problem with the VJ-Advance video borescope because it is battery powered, completely portable, and lightweight.  You can visit booth #2935 at the Phoenix Convention Center starting on April 8th at 1:00pm and have Casey O’Tool provide expert information about the VJ-Advance video borescope; try it out on-site and experience the ease of use yourself.

To learn more about MRO Americas, view their event information here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Phoenix Convention Center during these dates and times:

Opening Time: Exhibits open 1:00pm on April 8th, 2014
Conference Dates: April 8-10, 2014
Venue: Phoenix Convention Center

Booth: #2935

If you are unable to attend the conference don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, call us toll free at (231) 943-1171